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Python Crash Course, 3rd Edition: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming

Python Crash Course, 3rd Edition: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming

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"With a patient and experienced pedagogical style, and a combination of thorough language instruction and plenty of illustrative sample code, Python Crash Course is a terrific way to begin learning computer programming in general and the Python language in particular."

—Michael J. Ross, web developer and former Slashdot contributor

'Well Thought Out'

“All of these projects are well thought out and presented in such a way that learning the subject matter and implementing it is much more an enjoyable pastime rather than an onerous task that must be completed. Eric took the time to deal with some rather complex projects and lay them out in a consistent, logical and pleasant manner that draws the reader into the subject willingly.”

—Full Circle Magazine

'Teaches Clean Programming'

"While Python Crash Course uses Python to teach you to code, it also teaches clean programming skills that apply to most other languages."

—Great Lakes Geek

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About the Author

Eric Matthes is a high school science and math teacher living in Alaska, where he teaches an introductory Python course. He has been writing programs since he was five years old. Eric currently focuses on writing software that addresses inefficiencies in education and brings the benefits of open source software to the field of education. In his spare time he enjoys climbing mountains and spending time with his family.

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Python for Kids, 2nd edition by Jason Briggs Python Crash Course 3rd edition by Eric Matthes Automate the Boring Stuff 2nd edition by Al Sweigart Dead Simple Python by Jason C. McDonald Beyond the Basic Stuff with Python by Al Sweigart Object-Oriented Python by Irv Kalb
User experience level Beginner Beginner Beginner Beginners with prior programming experience Intermediate Intermediate
For readers who want A gentle, kid-friendly introduction to Python A fast-paced, thorough introduction to Python A practical guide to using Python for automating tedious tasks A thorough introduction to Python for existing programmers Bridges the gap between novice and professional Learn how to write powerful, efficient, and re-usable code.
Compatible with Python version Python 3 Python 3 Python 3 Python 3.x Python 3.6 and higher Python 3
Special features Kid-friendly, full-color code and illustrations Covers Django, matplotlib and plotly, and pygame Covers working with files en masse, automating emails and texts, scraping the web, and more Covers syntax basics, functions, parallelism and debugging Covers decorators, generators, context managers, testing, and web development Covers modeling, pygame, inheritance, polymorphism, abstraction, and encapsulation
Page count 368 pages 511 pages 592 pages 752 pages 384 pages 416 pages
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About the Publisher

No Starch Press has published the finest in geek entertainment since 1994, creating both timely and timeless titles like Python Crash Course, Python for Kids, How Linux Works, and Hacking: The Art of Exploitation. An independent, San Francisco-based publishing company, No Starch Press focuses on a curated list of well-crafted books that make a difference. They publish on many topics, including computer programming, cybersecurity, operating systems, and LEGO. The titles have personality, the authors are passionate experts, and all the content goes through extensive editorial and technical reviews. Long known for its fun, fearless approach to technology, No Starch Press has earned wide support from STEM enthusiasts worldwide.

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